A short film on the work of graphic designer Noma Bar, master of negative space. It shows his nifty Cut It Out device in the shape of a massive dog. People can apparently feed paper, rubber and other materials into its mouth to produce their own cut-out images. Fans can also purchase prints of his work at Online Editions.
A short portrait of 80-year-old Lewis Mitchell, who has been working with Monotype type casting machines for 62 years. It's the kind of film that raises many questions: What will you be doing when you hit 80? How important is it to perfect a particular skill over a period of many decades? And is such perseverance and focus justly rewarded in this day and age?
When it launched in February of last year by providing online access to the collections of 17 museums in nine countries, the Google Art Project broke new ground. And yet, while promising, there it sat, more a proof of concept than a satisfying experience. As the months went by it increasingly seemed that the Art Project was destined to simply fade away.